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Assistant Professor

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Posting Details

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Position Information

Position Number F56950
Position Type Teaching and Research Faculty
Rank Assistant Professor
Working Title Assistant Professor
School/Unit College of Humanities and Sciences
Department English
Number of Months 9
Tenure Status Tenure Eligible
Grant funded position? No

Position Summary and Qualifications

Mission or Goal of Unit

The Department of English studies language, literature, and media. Our activities in teaching, scholarship, and service, within and beyond the university, focus on literature, criticism and theory, linguistics, media, and creative writing. The research and teaching of the department connect these varied ways of understanding language, text, and discourse in a manner that enriches them all.

Chief purpose of this position in support of above mission or goal

This is a junior level, tenure-eligible position in early (medieval) literature. The faculty member would contribute to our course offerings in British and other early literature as well as our MA in English and interdisciplinary PhD in Media, Art, and Text. Through his or her scholarly activity the faculty member would make a substantive contribution to the discipline that reflects high standards in intellectual and professional engagement.

Position Responsibilities

-Maintaining a research agenda with a record of publications, conference presentations, and other forms of research productivity.

-Teaching undergraduate and graduate courses as well as the opportunity to supervise MA and PhD theses.

-Serving on department and other committees, as appropriate.

Required Qualifications

-Must have PhD in hand by August 15, 2018.

-The successful candidate will be required to have an established research agenda and a clear potential for external funding, and potential for scholarship or creative expression to complement and expand existing expertise in the department.

The successful candidate will have a record of effective teaching.

Must demonstrate experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment, or show a commitment to do so as a faculty member at VCU.

Preferred Qualifications

Interest in innovative or multidisciplinary approaches to teaching and research.

Posting Detail Information

Date Posted 09/11/2017
Open Until Filled No
Application Deadline Date 11/15/2017
Proposed Hire Date 08/16/2018
Type of Search National
Application Process/Additional Information

Candidates must apply online at Submit a cover letter, CV, and a writing sample, in PDF format, not to exceed 7500 words. Please submit writing sample under the website’s category for “Other Document.” Three confidential letters of reference should be sent directly to Ms. Kelsey Cappiello at ( with the applicant’s name and “Early Literature” in the subject line. Initial interviews will be conducted via the internet (Skype or Zoom).

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae (CV)
  3. Other Document
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